How Smartphones Change Our Thinking Patterns

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How Smartphones Change Our Thinking Patterns

You may have found yourself using your finger to swipe to the next page on your computer screen before realizing it’s not your phone. This isn’t a random brain mess-up but is born from your brain’sEvery stage of development for phones has been met with skepticism and fear, fears of cancer from radiation and texting language reducing literacy.

The texting debate was rather aptly dealt with by linguist David Crystal but constant research still leaves many fears unresolved. The smart phone can be seen as part of the creativity boosting gadgets, which can contain apps that allow for new means of artistic medium.

Research conducted at a number of Zurich based universities examined the brain’s activity when a smart phone was being used. The results showed that electrical brain activity was stronger when three fingertips were touched to the screen, and these spikes in brain activity were higher when the tests were conducted on subjects just after intensive smartphone use. The results, as scientist Dr Arko Ghosh suggests, that repeated use of smartphones affects the way touch is processed. It can alter on a daily basis so that whatever the fingertips were doing the day before on the phone will imprint on the brain and alter how your hand behaves the next days.

Smartphones can be damaging in their affect on sleep patterns, especially for teenagers. More time is spent online due to WiFi and cheap data plans so that often people will carry on checking their phones well into the night. Research has been completed by a number of scientists, including 2012 Time/Qualcom, by gathering knowledge from subjects.

The “blue” light omitted from smarphone screen is being picked up by the cells behind eyeballs, which tells the brain that it is the morning. The blue light alters the melatonin release so that the hormone cannot help with sleep timing and circadian rhythms.

In 2010 McGill researchers showed that reliance on the GPS system on phones can reduce the function of the hippocampus, which controls memory and spacial orientation. In the tests conducted non GPS users performed better on the memory test than GPS users. Using google maps may make your brain more dependent on your smartphone and prevent memory development.

Smart phones can’t solely be blamed for us accessing our brain’s memory skills as much, even with the Nokia brick phones we became dependent on them holding our friend’s phone numbers. The joy of knowing your best friend’s phone numbers or wondering which country eats the most spam, has become almost obsolete.

Google is at everyone’s fingertips to quickly get the answer you were looking and just as quickly forget it. The issue of smartphone’s changing our thinking patterns only becomes a problem when we let our smartphone substitute our brain’s functions. It’s important to exercise the brain so don’t be scared to leave your phone at home sometimes and see what a day without it feels like it, or even introduce some rules for how you use it.

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